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Fire Department to host 14th annual Sept. 11 candlelight vigil at station

Date: 9/3/2015

EAST LONGMEADOW – The Fire Department will host its 14th annual candlelight vigil in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the fire station’s front lawn at 150 Somers Road.

“I think it’s important that we don’t forget what happened that day,” Fire Chief Paul Morrissette said. “It helps the town remain strong and the townspeople vigilant about what they need to do – that they don’t forget the firefighters [and] police officers as well as the over 3,000 other people.”

He added that the department began hosting its candlelight vigils a year after the attacks under the leadership of former East Longmeadow Fire Chief Robert Wallace.

Morrissette said 250 to 300 people attended the vigil last year.

“It’s pretty much the same as in the past – we’ve invited the local politicians – state and national politicians,” he added.

The ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11, would last about a half an hour and would consist of speeches by Morrissette and other members of the department as well as local politicians, he noted.